Day 1B of the $3 million guaranteed WPT #03 8-Max Championship took place on August 2 and saw another 597 players buy in. This takes the total attendance to 1,062 and means the surviving players from both flights are now playing for a share of $3,186,000.
Ioannis Angelou-Konstas is the man who topped the Day 1B chip counts and now also leads the tournament overall. The Netherlands-based Dutch star finished his flight with 2,289,328 chips in his arsenal and is the only player to bag up more than two million. Day 1A chip leader, Ali Imsirovic, came close with 1,959,334, but Angelou-Konstas is the one to catch.
Angelou-Konstas is no stranger to major events. He’s racked up almost $2.65 million in live tournament cashes, including a massive £940,000 ($1,237,557) from his victory in the 2018 partypoker LIVE MILLIONS UK Main Event. Angelou-Konstas now has his sights set on a WPT title.
It won’t be an easy task because there were some legitimate superstars who punched their Day 2 tickets from the Day 1B flight.
Not least Sami Kelopuro who ended Day 1B with 1,494,707 chips, enough for second place. Then you have Pablo Brito Silva, winner of the 2020 Irish Open Online Main Event, in third place.
Darren Rabinowitz, British bracelet winner Ben Heath, Germany legend Fedor Holz, and Samuel Vousden all bagged up enough chips to end Day 1B with a top 10 stack!
WPT 8-Max Championship Day 1B Top 10 Chip Counts
|3||Pablo Brito Silva||Brazil||1,426,155|
|5||Ben Heath||United Kingdom||1,367,265|
|7||Boris Kolev||Costa Rica||1,330,081|
In total, 93 players progressed from the 597-entrants on Day 1B. Team partypoker’s Dzmitry Urbanovich (1,060,724) was the only orange diamond to make it through the shark-infested waters unscathed.
Others to look out from the Day 1B field when Day 2 shuffles up and deal at 20:00 CEST on August 3 include Dan Shak (1,105,920), Sylvain Loosli (989,180), Alex Foxen (879,479), and Benjamin Rolle (835,427).
Others also through include, Steve O’Dwyer (660,615), Liv Boeree (476,101), Simon Ravnsbaek (475,392), Christopher Brammer (467,173), Sam Grafton (355,0650) who won the $1,050 8-Max Warm-Up for $99,180, and Laszlo Bujtas (234,426).
Day 2 runs until only nine players remain in the hunt for the $540,664 top prize, induction in the WPT Champions Club, and a $15,000 seat in the next Tournament of Champions including flights and accommodation!
Who will those nine finalists be? Follow our social media channel and return to the partypoker blog on August 4 to find out.
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